Giannis, Harden named NBA Players of the Week Global on Oct 25, 2017 07:17 AM
Giannis, Harden named NBA Players of the Week
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NBA press release

Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first week of the 2017-18 NBA season, the NBA announced. The award is Antetokounmpo’s third Player of the Week honor of his career.

Antetokounmpo averaged  38.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 2.7 steals over the first three games of the season and shot 67.2 percent overall. He scored over 30 points in each game, including 37 points with 13 rebounds in a season-opening win at Boston (tied for the second-most points in a season opener in Bucks history), and a career-high 44 points on 17-of-23 shooting (.739) in a win over Portland on Saturday. Antetokounmpo currently leads the NBA in scoring and ranks seventh in field goal percentage. His 115 points scored through the first three games of the season are the second-most in franchise history and tied for the ninth-most in NBA history.
Antetokounmpo’s Western Conference counterpart is Houston Rockets guard James Harden. It is the 14th time in his career that Harden has received Player of the Week honors, all coming with Houston.

Harden helped the Rockets to the league’s best opening week record at 3-0 while averaging 27.7 points, 9.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.67 steals.  The Rockets began the season with a 17-point comeback at Golden State on Tuesday, then won the following night in Sacramento before closing out the week with a 16-point win in the home opener vs. Dallas on Saturday.

Dating back to 1983-84, Harden became the fourth player to record at least 27 points and 7 assists in each of the first three games of a season.  He also joined Ray Allen (2001-02) and Stephen Curry (2015-16) as the only players in NBA history to hit at least 4 3-pointers in each of the first three games.

Last season, Harden was the only unanimous choice for All-NBA First Team after averaging career-highs of 29.1 points, 11.2 assists, and 8.1 rebounds.  He joined Oscar Robertson (3 times) as the only players to have averaged at least 29.0 ppg, 11.0 apg, and 8.0 rpg in a single season.

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